Hunting on Sunday; allows hunting thereon. (SB524)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hunting on Sunday. Allows a person to hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal on Sundays. Read the Bill »


01/21/2008: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 088389340
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/18/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB524)
01/21/2008Passed by indefinitely in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)


William Phillips writes:

VDGIF and conservaiton interests rely on hunters. Hunter numbers are declining due to time constraints and lack of easily accesible hunting land. With this lack of opportunities, it takes more time to travel to suitable hunting lands in Virginia. Adding an additional day of hunting would not only assist in managing wildlife, but it would give hunters the chance to loosen thier time constraints and allow more hunting.

Michael Perkins writes:

How many of these "Sunday Laws" are out there? Separation of Church and State, anyone?

jeffreypray writes:

sunday hunting is long in coming we deserve the right to hunt ,we pay our taxes and work hard all week long and our children can spend more time in the outdoors with thier fathers

Jackson Landers writes:

Please, please pass this bill. Government has no business telling people how or when to worship.

For most of us working stiffs, we effectively only have one day a week to hunt. I get home after dark during hunting season, so Saturday is pretty much my only option. A couple of cold weather chores add up and it's easy for a whole month to go by without a hunter being able to spend a day afield. Allowing Sunday hunting would allow working people to get some more time in the woods and fields at a time when demands for reduction of deer populations are increasing around most of the Commonwealth.

Opponents of Sunday hunting generally base their position on the belief that people should be in church on Sunday and observing the sabbath. That's fine, but it is fundamentally un-American for government to tell us when or how to worship God. This bill does not require that anyone hunt on a Sunday. Those who are against Sunday hunting can simply choose not to hunt.